Throughout the discussion scientists and corporate officials stated repeatedly that labeling is not the problem-- Proposition 37 was the problem. A potentially complex and expensive bureaucratic web would be created to police foodstuffs that have no inherent dangers. That's just nuts.
At this time I think everyone in interested in this issue should coalesce around balancing two concepts in complete fairness-- information and science.
Could a voluntary, science-based approach actually work ?
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Can we as scientists take the initiative to persuade companies to begin voluntary labeling? Can we ask them to label items in the ingredient lists as "transgenic soy" etc? This remedy is a great solution because it is honest, scientifically precise, provides the information prop37 advocates want, and is not inflammatory.
Most of all, it stops the nonsensical restructuring of a scientifically bankrupt proposition into something worse. Companies will voluntarily label on their terms, not those handed down from angry mobs that deal in fear.
No new bureaucracy, no costs to consumers, no target on products, no divisive activist wedge. It is honest and accurate. It would engender a spirit of goodwill and understanding, something this discussion desperately needs.
Most of all it is an opportunity for all of us to rally around transparency and information. From there we can all build trust and make better decisions.
Let's start this conversation.